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Legislature advances Martinez’s expansion of treatment options (VIDEO)

MartinezCannibus053014State Senator Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago 20th) called the passage of her medical cannabis for epilepsy legislation “a victory for children and their families who had run out of hope.” The measure now only needs the governor’s signature to become law and give families the option of administering CBD, a non-hallucinogenic cannabis derivative, to children afflicted with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

“My colleagues and I have been deeply moved by the plight of these children and their parents, who courageously and tenaciously pursue any option that could bring relief and better health to their kids,” Martinez said. “This legislation will allow these families to stay in Illinois while utilizing a treatment that has helped many suffering from epilepsy and results in few side effects compared to many FDA-approved drugs.”

Cullerton issues statement on the FY15 Budget

JJC-15budgetIllinois Senate President John Cullerton issued the following statement regarding the FY15 budget sent to Governor Pat Quinn:

“This maintenance budget allows us to provide level funding for key priorities and services. The effect of the budget is to avert doomsday cuts by deferrals, borrowing and increasing our backlog of bills.

Admittedly, this budget reverses some of the progress that we have made in recent years.  Since we passed the income tax increase in 2011, we have paid down $3.6 billion in old bills and fully funded our ballooning pension payments.

Delgado legislation will help make communities safer (VIDEO)

DelgadoLiquorHB1463State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) is sponsoring legislation that will help make communities safer by closing businesses where criminal activities take place. 

“The purpose of the legislation is to target liquor stores that permit illegal activities in and around their establishment,” Delgado said.  “By closing the premises for up to 30 days, the local liquor control commissioner will have more time to prepare a case while reducing illegal activity in the area while the establishment is closed.”

Raoul modernizes the criminal lineup for better eyewitness ID

lineupSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) won Senate approval today for legislation he introduced to bring the criminal suspect lineup into the 21st century and prevent false identifications. The measure requires law enforcement agencies to videotape lineups whenever possible and encourages them to embrace methods, such as computer-generated lineups and independent administrators, that have been shown to result in more reliable identifications.

“Eyewitness identification, while a valuable tool in prosecution, is notoriously unreliable unless handled carefully,” said Raoul, who worked for several years as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office after earning his law degree in 1993. “Memories and perceptions can change over time and in stressful circumstances, and it is imperative that criminal lineups be conducted in a rigorous and impartial manner to reduce the incidence of false identifications and, ultimately, false convictions that ruin lives and let the real perpetrators walk free.”